The coastline of the Canary Islands' holiday paradise, Gran Canaria, off the coast of Africa is around 240km long. We introduce you the most beautiful beaches on the island. Whether you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday, to spend a varied holiday with your children or you just want to practice water sports - the multi-faceted coastal sections have something suitable for every holidaymaker. The beaches captivate you with excellent water quality, modern infrastructure and an extensive gastronomy provision. Take a break in Gran Canaria, where it is spring whole year round.
Playa de las Canteras is a charming contrast to the lively capital with its picturesque, old town. The fine sandy beach extends over 3km in front of the backdrop of Las Palmas. Families feel comfortable at the clean, wide city beach with the gently sloping shore. At high tide you can see a lot of surfers here and at low tide it is all about snorkelling at a fascinating limestone ridge. On the waterfront, there are countless bars serving traditional food and drinks.
Our tip: Stay on the beach until sunset and enjoy the romantic ambience.
The "beach of lovers" in the south-west of Gran Canaria is not only a favourite among couples. We also recommend the wide coastline for families as it is considered one of the best beaches on the island for building sandcastles and splashing. Playgrounds near the shore and a mini golf course provide entertainment. There are also showers, sun loungers and many eateries.
Our tip: In addition to a private pool, the Beach Bar also has a spa - treat yourself to a massage for two at the Playa del Amadores.
When discussing the top beaches for water sports in Gran Canaria you cannot leave out the Playa de Taurito in the south-west of the island. A quick ride on the waves with the banana boat or the jet ski. Families rent pedalos or explore the coast by kayak and when doing this look out over the hilly countryside. Three diving schools take you into the dazzling underwater world of the Atlantic. Courses for beginners and advanced students are available. You can buy snacks and drinks in the shops on the promenade.
Our tip: Stay active on the beach's volleyball court and quickly make new friends.
The best conditions for a beach holiday prevail throughout the year at Playa de Patalavaca in the south of Gran Canaria. Even in the winter lifeguards watch over the safety of the bathers. Two bays, shared by a stone plateau, entice you to swim. You reach the shore via steps from the promenade. Small shops with souvenirs and beach clothing entice you to a leisurely shopping spree.
Our tip: Stop by in one of the good restaurants on the promenade and indulge in the Spanish specialities.
Visit Playa de las Burras in the south of the island, if you love quiet and peaceful beaches. The coastal section, known as donkey beach, is partly rocky with small, sandy coves. Since access to the clear sea is flat, families with children are also well accommodated here. Here you have plenty of space for ball games and jogging. Showers and toilets are also available. Locals also like to come for a refreshing dip at the well-kept beach.
Our tip: Since plenty of parking is available at the Playa de las Burras, you can travel comfortably with your rental car.
On the dunes of the same name, the large beach of Maspalomas in the south of the island welcomes you. At about 6km long and up to 1.5km wide, it is the largest natural sandpit in Gran Canaria. Families and couples prefer to camp in the eastern part, while there is a nudist area near the lighthouse. Kiosks take care of your physical well-being. Water sports enthusiasts take advantage of the diverse offers of the regional clubs and spend their time kiting, surfing or jet skiing.
Our tip: Take a long hike through the impressive world of dunes and feel like you are in the desert.
Playa de Tarajalillo optically rises through the dark volcanic crust from the golden sandy beaches of Gran Canaria. Because of the rocky surface of the 1km long and about 30m wide beach, it is only partially suitable for swimming. However, numerous dog owners pootle around here, because Playa de Tarajalillo is perfect for running riot and for long walks with the four-legged friends. Immediately adjacent to the beach is a small airfield where you can book scenic flights and discover the island from a bird's eye view.
Our tip: The Playa de Tarajalillo is ideal for play and fun with the dog in the Atlantic Ocean.
Playa de Mogán is one of the man-made beaches in the south-west of the island. Embedded in a fascinating hilly landscape, the golden sand offers an interesting contrast to the blue sea. Thanks to the two breakwaters in front of the bay, the water is very calm. Families appreciate this location because the water here is warmer than on the other coastlines of Gran Canaria. The variety of water sports providers guarantee the opportunity to try windsurfing, parasailing or jet skiing. The good infrastructure of the beach also includes showers and toilets.
Our tip: Take advantage of the palm-lined boulevard on the beach for shopping: there are many shops and restaurants.
Behind the Playa de las Nieves, the almost 2000m high Pico de las Nieves rises into the sky. The unspoilt stretch of coastline is perfect for cooling off after a hike to the highest mountain in Gran Canaria. Nearby you will find the port of the town of Puerto de las Nieves. The sea is particularly clear due to the rocky ground on the "snow beach" in the north-west of the island. In the evening, the sunset immerses the coast in a divine light.
Our tip: Stroll along the idyllic promenade and visit one of the typical Spanish restaurants. Here you will be served freshly-caught fish.
Due to the excellent wind conditions, Playa del Águila is considered an insider tip by surfers. Here there is also one of the most prestigious surf schools in Gran Canaria. The clean beach is made of stones and sand. From the car park it is only a short walk to the sea, so you do not have to go far with your surfboard or bathing equipment. Playa del Águila is especially recommended for sports enthusiasts who are looking for a quiet stretch of coast in the south-east. Worth seeing at the 430m long and 30m wide beach is a small lighthouse.
Our tip: In summer, admire filigree sand sculptures that artists build right on the water's edge.